South Florida is home to the 4th-largest barrier reef
in the world! The first reef line is only in 10 feet of water and is accessible from shore. The second
reef line is approximately 25 feet deep. The third is 45 feet deep on top of the reef, 60 feet to the sand on the west
ledge and slopes off to 70-80 feet on the east side. This third reef is the most popular one for charter boats, and
provides excellent drift diving.
There are numerous wrecks off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, Pompano and
Deerfield Beach. Some are shallow in only 70 feet of water, while other wrecks are deeper, from 100-130 feet.
Click here for wreck photos and history
Wrecks in 70 feet of water
171' barge rests upside down in 72ft of water. The east side is littered with 1,600 tons of culvert drainage pipes that
were on top of the barge that fell off during sinking when it flipped over. These attract thousands of fish as well as larger
inhabitants that provide big thrills. Currently, divers can expect to see stingrays, green moray eels, nurse sharks and goliath
grouper on the wreck. This is a photographer's paradise!
A 165' long Coast Gaurd Cutter
with a 25' beam sits in 70ft of water. The Ancient Mariner is covered with sea life. Due to the close proximity to the reef,
fish move back and forth between the two. A large Goliath Grouper guards the wreckage.
147' steel cargo ship sunk as part of the Artificial Reef Program of Palm Beach, in August 2000 at a depth of 70ft.
Wrecks from 100-130 feet
175' Coast Guard buoy tender lies upright in 110ft of water and the wheelhouse is 70ft below the surface. The Dan is covered with fish. You never know what you will see here, there has been 2 whale shark sightings
here, a day and a year apart. Large barracuda, grouper, amberjack, and other schools of fish frequent this wreck.
A 215' Dutch freighter sits upright in 130ft of water The main deck is at 100ft of water and the masts rise to within 52ft
of the surface. This is a great opportunity for photographers getting silhouette shots. Bait balls usually congregate
around the mast as jacks and other predators swoop in. It is a fascinating show.
Miracle of Life
A 170' offshore supply vessel was sunk in 142ft of
water. The top of wheelhouse is about 100ft and the deck of the vessel 120ft. There
is a 14' bronze angel statue just behind the wheelhouse at 120ft.